Captions, lock the layer so we don't move it unintentionally
If you drag the in or out point of a caption on the captions layer sometimes you can accidentally move the entire layer along the time line. If we could lock the layer but still be able to edit and add captions this would prevent this issue from happening. Currently if you lock the layer you can not edit it, just as you want the lock to work for any other layer.
Chris Long commented
My god I'm not the only one who is having trouble.
Please can we get *someone* to tell Adobe to sort out captions. I have 18 sketches to caption and it's a nightmare.
But the reason I'm here is the ONE trick I want to mention to *anyone* who has to use captions is: save the project and exit Premiere. Then reload.
I have noticed that Prem gets most confused very early on in the project - first or second caption - suddenly you can't edit anything or you can't see the caption. It gets very frustrating.
And the only way is to save, exit and restart the *instant* its starts misbehaving itself.
Please Adobe, fix this...!
Delbert Whetter commented
" I accidentally moved the caption layer then continued adding captions before realising my mistake, so now a large number of them are out of sync. I'm editing a feature-length film so this is somewhat of an issue."
This is the exact problem I came hoping to find a solution for. I am now facing hours and hours of work just to correct the timecodes that were entered after inadvertently moving the caption track. PLEASE fix this - this is such a time-sink
Christopher Hill commented
Came here to add my vote to this. We need the ability to lock the caption container from moving between tracks or up/down the track while still being able to edit captions.
Increasing the track height isn't really a proper work-around and, in-fact, can exacerbate the situation as it only increases the height of the captions container (the purple track) and not the captions themselves which increases the area for a mis-click.
Furthermore, when clicking back into the caption once must click twice. Clicking once, even on the caption itself, only selects the container. So while the editor might think that, after editing text in the caption window, he can come back and just drag the caption that is not the case. The editor must click-release and then click again on the caption in order to select it. Forget to do this and your click-drag will move the entire container on the first click.
LEONARD GOULD commented
The idea of increasing the height is well taken but the small tweak that would lock the track in place but allow continued editing is important to our workflow.
One small point - since this request was made, it appears that when exporting captions as part of a sequence the timings are taken from the timeline, not the original entries in the caption track. This is game-changing since it means we can trim or add footage (I tested this by adding an entire act of an opera and exporting the sequence with an SRT file).
IMPORTANT, THOUGH - it only works when exporting the SEQUENCE as media from the timeline. Importing the original tracks from the project bin can't get that benefit since they don't have a timeline to reference. I only wish Adobe would document this better...
Adobe Staff - Nate commented
Thanks, we will keep this mind for future versions. I suggest increasing the height of the caption track.
This is especially important given that you cannot move multiple captions without cutting. I accidentally moved the caption layer then continued adding captions before realising my mistake, so now a large number of them are out of sync. I'm editing a feature-length film so this is somewhat of an issue.
There are so many issues with captions in Premiere. This, surely, would be an easy and useful fix. Then solve all the font problems and closed caption previews and multiple language versions and...